Which AntiVirus is better?

Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Bitdefender is a recognizable name in antivirus, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best. Alongside Avast, it offers behavioral-based scanning to identify new threats. They both include anti-phishing and anti-ransomware functions, along with a secure password manager and webcam protection. These products really differ in price and extra features. Bitdefender offers numerous extras, including hardware scans for USBs and external drives, a virtual keyboard to bypass keyloggers, and a ‘SafePay’ browser which prevents your sensitive bank details from inputting on unsecured websites. The AutoPilot tool notifies you of necessary updates. Be aware, these features use significant processing power and may slow down your machine. Avast may not have those features, but it does offer sandboxing to launch apps and files in a virtual environment to minimize damage from malware. The ‘Game Mode’ and ‘Passive Mode’ will shut down notifications and high CPU-usage to avoid interruptions and slowdown. Avast is also considerably more budget friendly; they even offer a completely free version that includes important main features.

User Ratings

Security 5
Features 4
Ease of Use 5
Support 5
Pricing 4

Latest Positive Review

Jack Anderson
It works plain and simple
Jan. 9, 2019
I've used free avast for 11 years now with windows defender OFF. Its just outright better and I trust avast to keep me safe. On numerous occasions (wh...Show More
Excellent value for money
Dec. 13, 2018
Excellent value for money. If you follow the company’s recommendations, your computer will be protected well.

Latest Negative Review

It constantly advertises the paid version
Dec. 17, 2018
Not only has the program not helped me at all, it has even caused me inconvenience. It analyzes the "viruses" and junk files on your computer, but the...Show More
It scans ok but uses too much power
Oct. 20, 2018
Free virus program with good scanning rate. But the hard disk scan cannot be disabled. You can stop it manually but when you reboot it starts scanning...Show More

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Our Verdict
Aviva Zacks

Aviva Zacks Writer

Bitdefender is a great choice is full of features but Avast is much cheaper, and just as powerful when it comes to fighting malware. If you want a comprehensive security suite that addresses numerous potential threats, Bitdefender may be worth the investment.

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